The Hired Hand

Overview

Directed by and starring Peter Fonda, The Hired Hand is a subdued Western about a man returning home to rebuild his family. The 1971 film also stars Verna Bloom and comes to DVD on this two-disc Collector's Edition. The film is presented in widescreen with Dolby Digital sound. The first disc is rounded out by a feature-length audio commentary track by Fonda. On disc two, viewers will find a production featurette, deleted scenes, promotional clips, a still gallery, and cast bios. A single-disc edition is also ...
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Overview

Directed by and starring Peter Fonda, The Hired Hand is a subdued Western about a man returning home to rebuild his family. The 1971 film also stars Verna Bloom and comes to DVD on this two-disc Collector's Edition. The film is presented in widescreen with Dolby Digital sound. The first disc is rounded out by a feature-length audio commentary track by Fonda. On disc two, viewers will find a production featurette, deleted scenes, promotional clips, a still gallery, and cast bios. A single-disc edition is also available.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Restored film; Audio commentary by actor/director Peter Fonda; "The Return of the Hired Hand" documentary including interviews with Peter Fonda, Verna Bloom, Vilmos Zsigmond, and more; Special comments from Martin Scorsese; Over 20 minutes of deleted footage; Theatrical trailers; Stills gallery including original posters, ads, production, and behind-the-scene photos; Production notes; Cast and crew biographies
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jonathan Crow
Following up on the spectacularly successful Easy Rider, Peter Fonda's languid Western is certainly a feast for the eyes. The film's opening, a lyrical five-minute montage of superimposition layered upon superimposition, a virtuosic display of optical printing prowess if there was one, is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. Much of the rest of the film, while never quite reaching the artistic heights of the opening, is filled with lush landscapes and abundant cinematic tricks. Performances are uniformly nuanced and understated, particularly Warren Oates as Arch Harris, who plays the role with remarkable naturalness. Unfortunately, Fonda's film never quite gels into the revisionist masterpiece it threatens to become. In a scene newly restored to the print, Hannah brazenly -- shockingly for the time it was made -- admits to Harris that she has taken numerous lovers. Yet the film never quite forms into a feminist critique of Westerns. The montage of Western landscapes seen during Collings' and Harris' flight from Del Norte seems to push the film towards a environmental reverie, but again Hired never quite follows through. The Hired Hand is an ambitious, beautiful work and an exemplar of anti-establishment filmmaking during the early '70s that never quite lives up to its potential.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2005
  • UPC: 829567022627
  • Original Release: 1971
  • Rating:

  • Source: Arts Alliance Amer
  • Time: 3:04:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Fonda Harry
Warren Oates Arch
Verna Bloom Hannah
Robert Pratt Dan
Severn Darden McVey
Ann Doran Mrs. Sorenson
Larry Hagman
Al Hopson Bartender
Gray Johnson Will
Ted Markland Luke
Michael McClure Plummer
Owen Orr Mace
Rita Rogers Mexican Woman
Technical Credits
Peter Fonda Director
Richard Bruno Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert de Vestel Set Decoration/Design
Frank Griffin Makeup
William Hayward Producer
Howard W. Koch Asst. Director
Bruce Langhorne Score Composer
Frank Mazzola Editor
Lawrence G. Paull Art Director
Richard Portman Sound/Sound Designer
LeRoy Robbins Sound/Sound Designer
Alan Sharp Screenwriter
Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. Down by the River [3:51]
2. The Fishing Line [4:28]
3. One-Horse Town [3:39]
4. Homesick [5:16]
5. Fatal Misunderstanding [5:35]
6. Frontier Justice [4:25]
7. Shadow Riders [2:44]
8. Harry's Wife [2:41]
9. The Hired Hand [6:02]
10. Life on the Farm [4:03]
11. Fightin' Words [3:42]
12. Heart to Heart [6:55]
13. Midnight Confession [4:41]
14. "I Want You to Stay" [5:05]
15. Farewell to a Friend [3:19]
16. Passion [3:33]
17. The Messenger [6:21]
18. Vengeance Trail [3:36]
19. Dusty Death [6:59]
20. End Credits [3:44]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Disc 1
   Scene Selections
   Commentary
      Commentary With Peter Fonda: On
      Commentary With Peter Fonda: Off
      Play
   Promos
      Sundance Film Series Trailer
      The Other Side of the Bed
      In This World
      Also Available on Home Video
         Searching for Paradise
         Mule Skinner Blues
         Swimming
         The Slaughter Rule
         The Sleepy Time Gal
         Amy' O
         Scotland, PA
   Play
Side #2 -- Disc 2
   The Return of the Hired Hand (59 mins.)
   Martin Scorsese on The Hired Hand (2 mins.)
   Deleted Scenes
      Barkeep Innuendo
      Dumb Animals, Horses
      Morning After
      Lookin' for Work
      Saloon Shootout
      Gunfight -- Alternate Edit
   Trailers
      Trailer #1
      Trailer #2
      Teaser
   TV Spots
      TV Spot #1 (:60)
      TV Spot #2 (:30)
      TV Spot #3 (:20)
      TV Spot #4 (:10)
   Radio Spots
      Radio Spot #1 (:45)
      Radio Spot #2 (:30)
      Radio Spot #3 (:30)
      Radio Spot #4 (:10)
   Still Galleries
      Production Stills
      Behind-the-Scenes
      Posters & Advertising
   Production Notes
      Synopsis
      About the Production
      About the Restoration
      Credits
   Talent Bios
      Peter Fonda
      Warren Oates
      Verna Bloom
      Larry Hagman
      Vilmos Zsigmond: Director of Photography
      Frank Mazzola: Editor/Restoration Producer
      Lawrence G. Paull: Production Designer
      Bruce Langhorne: Composer
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